The YouTube partner program was launched in 2007, allowing creators to make money through their content. Since YouTube was the first-ever video platform to offer content monetization, creators just fell in love with it. We can safely say that YouTube is what it is today because of the partner program.
Over the years, the program has evolved a lot, and many new features have been added. Now, there are a dozen ways of making money on YouTube, thanks to the partner program.
Today we will explore this magnificent program and explain the following things to you:
- What is a YouTube partner program?
- Requirements for the YouTube partner program?
- How to apply for the YouTube partner program?
We will also share some extra information, like how much you can make with the partner program. Therefore, pay attention and focus on every subheading, as they will come in handy in the future.
What is the YouTube Partner Program?
YouTube Partner Program (YPP) is a well-articulated program that allows creators to monetize their content by placing ads. Simply put, it is a revenue-sharing model that helps stakeholders benefit from each other.
For instance, if you enable ads on your videos, the money from advertisers will be split between you and YouTube. Currently, YouTube shares 55% of the revenue with creators, which, let’s say, is a fair deal.
Also, the revenue generated via ads depends on two major factors:
- What kind of ads do your channel’s audience engage with.
- The amount of time the audience spends on those ads.
Due to these factors, you can’t always earn money with a specific number in mind. However, you can ensure that the ads which appear on your videos are optimized for your audience.
Doing so might keep the viewers engaged and increase your revenue. Now, earning revenue via the YouTube partner program requires you to fulfill some requirements. Move on to the next heading to learn about them.
Following are the requirements you must fulfill for joining the YouTube partner program:
- The YouTube channel must have 1,000 or more subscribers.
- The YouTube channel must have 4,000 public watch time hours over 12 months.
- The creator must have an ad sense account linked to his YouTube channel.
- The creator must be active in an area where the YouTube partner program is currently operational. Here’s a list of countries where the partner program is active.
- The YouTube channel must not have any community guidelines strikes on it. Simply put, your content shouldn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines.
- The creator must accept all the YouTube channel monetization policies.
Now, we know what you are thinking, how will I ever get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours? Don’t worry, though, because our article “how to get your first 1000 subscribers” will help you with subscribers.
And if it’s the watch hours you are worried about, check out our post “How to get 4000 watch hours on YouTube.” Make sure to go through both these articles carefully and apply the tips to achieve your goal.
How to Apply for the YouTube Partner Program?
Once you ensure that your channel meets the set requirements, feel free to apply for the program. Follow these simple steps to initiate the application process:
Step 1: Open the YouTube website on your browser and “Log In” to your account.
Step 2: Click on your “Profile Picture” located on the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Click on the “YouTube Studio” option from the dropdown menu.
Step 4: Move to the left navigation bar and click “Monetization.”
Step 5: First, you will be asked to go through the YouTube partner program terms. Read them carefully and click on “Agree” to proceed.
Step 6: Next, you will be required to connect an ad sense account. Sign up for Google ad sense if you don’t have an account or attach an existing one.
Step 7: Select your monetization preference which allows you to select how ads will appear on your channel. You will get three options, and experts recommend selecting them all for maximum revenue.
Step 8: After that, you just have to wait for the YouTube team to review your application.
How Long Does it Take to Get Approval?
The YouTube team generally takes the review process quite seriously and replies within a couple of days. However, their standard time is 30 days, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from them in the first few weeks.
Once your application gets approved, you will receive a mail and a notification on your channel. After that, you can use as many tools as the partner program offers to generate revenue.
Benefits of Joining the YouTube Partnership Program
Becoming a member of the YouTube partner program opens the gate to new opportunities for you. You will instantly get access to a lot of tools that weren’t at your disposal before, like the following:
1. Access to YouTube Monetization Features
The YouTube partner program allows creators to access multiple monetization features to generate revenue. Here are some examples:
Channel Memberships: Selling membership tiers on your channel so viewers can access exclusive content.
Live Stream Donations: It allows creators to receive gifts through super chat and stickers in their live streams.
YouTube Premium Content: You can work with YouTube to create premium content and charge viewers to see it.
Ad Monetization: It allows creators to earn money by placing ads on their videos and getting more views and engagement.
Merchandise Shelf: This monetization enables creators to sell their official merchandise through YouTube.
You can use either one of them or all of them, as a matter of fact, to make money on YouTube.
2. Access to Copyright Match Tool
You will get instant access to the copyright match tool, which will keep your content 100% original. This tool identifies the videos that match your content and show them to you. It will make it easier for you to modify your video, so it doesn’t match someone else’s content.
Or you can use the standard options that this tool provides, which are:
Archive: You can ignore a match and archive it.
Request Removal: You can submit a removal request to YouTube so it can take down the matching video. This works if someone steals your content.
Contact Channel: You can contact the channel that has the matching video and let them know about your situation. YouTube sends a default email on your behalf, so you don’t have to do anything.
3. Access to YouTube’s Creator Support Team
YouTube facilitates its creators by giving them access to a dedicated support team called the “Creator support team.” It is a group of highly trained and enthusiastic individuals that are always there to help creators. No matter what your problem is, simply contact the support team, and they will help you.
How Much Can You Earn?
If we strictly discuss ad monetization, YouTube pays about $0.10 to $0.30 per ad view. But since the ad views are not equal to video views, we can say that creators get paid $3 to $5 per 1,000 views. For 10,000 video views, the payment would be about $300 to $500.
And if we talk about 1 million views, the maximum amount would be $5000. However, these numbers can vary from channel to channel, depending on their audience and location. For instance, some channels even get $7000 against 1 million views.
The one thing that will never change is that YouTube revenue depends on views. So, try to get more YouTube views on your channel by drawing the audience’s attention.
We hope that you’ve learned everything there is to know about the YouTube partner program from this article. If you have questions about one of the subheadings, let us know in the comment section. Or you can reach out to us on our social media channels too. Visit our blog for more informative articles about YouTube that can help you become a renowned creator.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the YouTube Partner Program Free?
Yes! Anyone can join the YouTube partner program if their channel meets the requirements.
2. Who is the Richest YouTuber?
Mr. Beast is currently the highest-paid YouTuber. He earned approximately $54 million from YouTube in 2021.
3. How Much Money do 1k Subscribers Make?
With 1k subscribers on your channel, you can make only about $100 to $300 per month. You must increase your subscribers to get more views and boost the revenue.